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Humour in the workplace

by Rick Baker
On Mar 3, 2011
Did Henry Ford fire people for smiling during working hours?
Did Henry Ford believe the workplace was for work and everything personal should be left at home before we head off to work?
Did Henry Ford believe casual chats and humour had no place in the workplace?
Whether fact or legend, perhaps the answer is not important.
But, the topic of humour in the workplace is important.
I agree with U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who said:
“A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done”
Whether you agree or not, you may want to consider the following sorts or questions:
  • Does workplace humour promote creativity or innovation?
  • Does workplace humour promote harmony amongst co-workers?
  • Does workplace humour reduce people’s stress levels?
  • If workplace humour is a good thing…what type of humour is acceptable?
  • If workplace humour is a good thing…how much is the right amount?
  • If workplace humour is a good thing…how should we bring it about?
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Apparently, as he grew older Henry Ford relaxed his approach to discipline.
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Comments (2) -

2/12/2012 7:15:26 PM #

"....humor is the most significant behavior of the human mind."

"Creativity is based on the same process as humor."

Edward de Bono
Maltese-born Physician, Author, Creative & Lateral Thinker, b1933

rick baker
2/3/2013 9:59:32 PM #

"Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand."

Mark Twain

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